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the obama white house is issuing threats and intimidating employees of the state departmental that wishes to share critical information. fox news chief washington correspondent james rosen has our report. >> state department pushed back against charges first aired on fox news alleging that benghazi whistleblowers have faced threats and intimidation. >> we do have to look at the issue and de-politicize it. american people deserve answers. i'm determined there will be an accountable and open state department. >> the state department would never tolerate sanction retaliation against whistleblowers on any issue. that is an obligation we take very seriously. >> president obama professed to be aware of loaning standing efforts to question survivors of the benghazi attack in which terrorists killed the u.s. ambassador to libya and three other americans. >> i'm not familiar with this notion that anybody has been blocked from testifying. so with a i'll do is i will find out what exactly you are referring to. >> on mochb, former justice department official victoria tony sing identified herself as o
private attorneys to represent them in the face of white house threats to prevent them from divulging classifi information to congress about benghazi. the perspective whcs have considerable knowledge what happened during the attack on the consulate and apparently the obama administration is concerning their views don't support the so-called official account of events. former justice official of the house intelligence committee victoria y it's a violation of law. she represents one of the state department employees. >> my client is being so compliant with the law. here is the state department was trying to ignore this until you beat up on this. they were obstructing justice. >>dam housley has learned from an unnamed special operator who watched the events that took place in bghazi that the official account may be wrong, perhaps terribly weakening. they say the united states had mitary assets in position to act and respond to save at least two of the lives that were lost in that attack. we take you a of that up tonight with former c.i.a. operative michael sawyer who led the bin laden un
who will be right there with you fighting every step of the way. of course, the obama white house and democrats broadly, have almost always supported the pro choice side of women's reproductive health argument. almost always. since 2010, republicans, particularly in the states but also in congress have made anti-abortion legislating one of their party's top priorities in governing. in response, democrats have a decision to make. democrats the last couple of years had to decide what they were going to do. would they say with the kind of silent partner they had been for a long time or step up and let their position be known more loudly? they have stepped up more loudly. more publicly, in a way they haven't been comfortable doing in a long time. and today president obama put a new capstone on that when he became the first ever sitting u.s. president to address the organization of planned parenthood. joining us is president of planned parenthood federation of america and the planned parenthood action fund. thank you for being here. how important is it to have the sitting president add
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gets worse, and this is the jam the obama white house is in. >> the other big story that's been certainly talked about from the huffington post is the bangladesh tragedy. the garment facility that crumbled because of the way that it was made and the poor care going into it and then this makes us all think and take a double look at what we're wearing, where we're getting things and how it's coming in to the u.s. explain to all of us the bigger -- the connective tissue, that is, that we should be concerned about as americans when we look at that tragedy and realize that 500 people perished just going to work. >> right. you know, every time something like this happens, this is the worst one that's happened in a very, very long time, but every time there's a fire or a building collapse, the western world and the western brands kind of unite around the idea that okay, we're going to start inspecting these factories in bangladesh better. we're going to make sure that they have better standards. and they put all of the blame on bangladesh, as if they kind of had no idea that this was h
of language that president obama understands. and it's gulf. the white house and the media are just asking for a mulligan. that's all it is. benghazi was a bad slice in the rough. and damn fnc and cheryl ache kin son for keeping score on the golf course. as for john kerry he has more faces than a paver dice. he talked about this idea, the story is clouded by myths. the big e. myth of all was pushing the video which was pushed by the government which was based on the instinct that it's the united states. i am still surprised that they haven't arrested tim danson for the boston bombings since he played sam malone in cheers. kerry is telling to you stop asking questions. he was the guy that was all about speaking truth to power. wasn't he an antiwar activist and now because is he in power, never mind. then you have got debbie wasserman schultz who says seeking answers is unamerican. so she is right. we are in a modern -- in this modern american era. we know longer vow. we bow. as a new humble america we accept our humiliations. our power should make us cower, we deserve it. >> kimberly: go to
of america. >>> and president obama's speech at the white house correspondent dinner was a big hit at home. but a bigger hit in china. the president's speech has amassed some 25 million views where it's complete with chinese subtitles. that's your morning dish of scrambled politics. >>> the calendar says it's may. but parts of the midwest are dealing with winter-like weather. bill karins is here with more. what gives? >> i have to think what is below pond scum. the goldfish, where you had to clean the glass in the fish tank. >> i'm going to get myself in trouble. >> this snow, that's a bad word in its own right. 28 degrees right now in cheyenne, wyoming, and snowing. denver was 39 last hour. and now, down to 36. and you're heading in the wrong direction. and the snow will break out in denver, as we go throughout the morning hours. again, we're only expecting somewhere -- only. only about three to six inches in denver. that's going to be enough to cause some headaches. any higher elevations or the elevated surfaces like bridges and overpasses. where is this all heading? it's going to snow i
. >>> according a white house official, president obama will nominate anthony fox as his new transportation secretary. if confirmed, he would replaceout going secretary ray lahood. fox is the first african- american mommyny among -- nominee among the new cabinet members for president obama's second term. >>> george lucas is one of three finalists to create a cultural hub in san francisco's presidio. they received 16 proposals at the space for the former building at crissy field. george lucas wants to use that site to build an art museum from his personal collection. two other ideas, an institute and a hub for exhibits and performances. those finalists will be asked to submit a final proposal this fall. >>> nippon airways completely, safely, a two-hour flight after being fitted with a new result yum battery design. some insiders say that could have passengers from san jose and japan again before the end of next month. >>> police in los angeles are dealing with a rather unusual suspect. this is video of the man police thought they were looking for but it turns out it wasn't their way and he w
from the rose garden in the white house. president obama announcing two new nominations. the lady on the right is penny pritzger. nominated as the new commerce secretary. businesswoman, philanthropist and heirist. also be nominating michael froman on your left as the new u.s. trade representative. right now is one of the president's top economic advisors. again, you are looking live at the white house. the new nominees to the president's administration. >>> in the next 30 minutes, the president is due to leave the white house and fly to mexico. this afternoon he meets with the president of mexico. this trip could play a big role in the immigration reform fight right here in the u.s. >> reporter: president obama is counting on the u.s./mexico relationship to appeal to congress to move on immigration legislation. president obama and mexican president are on the same page with immigration reform. both support a path to citizenship for the 11 million people in the u.s. illegally. and both to establish a temporary seasonal work program for people from mexico and other parts of latin am
out of the obama . chuck hagel signaled a possible change in the white house is thinking on arming the syrian opposition forces. this after president obama we have a new sense of redlines earlier today, as responded to a reporter, he asked if the united states would reconsider sending arms to the rebel forces in syria. >> arming rebels as an option. you rethink all the options, it doesn't mean you do or you will, these are options that must be considered with partners in the international community. what is possible and what can help accomplish that. lou: this is part of the president focusing this visit on improving economic relations with one of our largest trading partners, as well as promoting immigration reform. >> part of an important diplomatic relations. like gun control and the bargain fizzling. >> there is comprehensive immigration reform that lives up to our tradition as a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants. >> the president needs a victory because he crossed the 100 day mark. >> amnesty is chaos and it's terrible for the country. >> when asked about allowing ille
possible. . >>> the obama administration getting involved in the so called morning after pill. the white house is appealing a judge's order to lift all of the age limits on who can buy without a prescription. they lowered the age to 15 years old and that's two years younger than the earlier limit. >>> a question about security is being raised because it is the second anniversary of osama bin laden. may 2nd 2011 back in washington president barack obama announced osama bin laden had been killed in the raid. the white house does not want to raise awareness to the anniversary due tensions in the middle east. >>> kyla campbell reports from the washington d.c. newsroom, immigration is at the top of the concerns. >> reporter: president barack obama needs mexico to have agreeing economy. president barack obama and the mexican president will tout mexico's success and mexico is one of the top three to receive u.s. goods and services. many depend on trade and commerce with mexico. they need him to help secure the border and illegal immigration is declining because border protection are getting str
was critic of bushes gave gracious comments. obama who heretofore has not said much nice about the predecessor even if n the white house several unveiling the official portrait said very few things about the president. gave expanse i and generous and gracious comments. also that was interesting at the private lunch following event, president obama threw out a line that was a great line. i suspect it would have been better if he used it publicly. he said i learned a lot from the predecessor, once you get in the job, you understand how difficult the job really is. i learned how difficult it is to throw out the ball, the first pitch of a game. and how hard it is to ride a bike. from my predecessor. it was a note of humility and humor and graciousness. >> bill: good. glad to hear that. glad to hear that. you heard the barney frank interview. i wanted to get your opinion on why you think the president doesn't say the words "islamic jihad." know it was the motivator for the two to go up and kill an 8-year-old boy, three other americans and wound 200. but barack obama simply will not
, there was a lot of enthusiasm about anything. that is a disaster, just as governor romney. president obama will muster lemaster with a historically low percentage of white voters. only 39%. 39%, the president had a little extra support in other places. 71% of the hispanic vote. 71%. 73% voted for president obama. but the black vote was spectacular. he got 93% of the black vote. talk about a consensus, that is a consensus. the key was the black voter turnout. making just about 12% of the eligible voters in the country. they turned up 13% of the total votes from last year. for the first time ever, voters turn out at a higher rate than white voters overall last year. in fact, if they turned out at the same rate as they did back in 2004, governor romney would have actually won the election. it's not clear that the democratic party can repeat last year's performance. but one thing is clear. everything the republican party did was inadequate. they certainly demonstrated that the republican party has a lot of thinking to do. they better find some better thinkers if they are going to be competitiv
republican on the foreign relations committee senator bob corker wants president obama to explain reports that the cia has delivered millions of dollars to harmid karzai in a letter to the white house. if the reports are true and indicates a an incoherent policy towards afghanistan. >>> also, it's official hawaiian democratic congresswoman hanabusa get the job. not just hanabusa making moves. busy week in senate news. check out our website, rundown.msnbc.com. we're back with more "daily rundown." >>> live pictures before we go. opening bell ringing on wall street. the markets responding. responding well to the april's jobs report. surprisingly strong number compared when analysts were expecting 175,000 jobs were added. unemployment rate dropped to the lowest level since 2008. the economy has created an average of compare that to an average of 138,000 over the previous six months. >>> coming up here on "daily rundown" the jobless rate at a four-year low as we noted. get reaction today from the white house. >>> plus, as the national rifle association annual convention gets under way, presid
bell joins us from bloomberg headquarters with that and more. good thursday morning. >> president obama began experiencing the effects of the sequester yesterday. the first wave of white house furloughs did tin-tin. jay carney says all the non commission staff will miss one workday unpaid. commissioned officers will have to take a pay cut. jay carney says the spending cuts affects each and every one of the white house employees. ending the furloughs of air traffic controllers, it takes $250 million away from funding for airport construction projects. that includes work for safety improvements and pavement repairs. shows unemployment fraud costs the government $3.3 billion in 2011. this comes as money was paid to people no longer alive or even in jail. in large share went to people who are not unemployed. justin timberlake brought sexy save but not even he can but light platinum. -- justin timberlake brought sexy back. more in the next hour. >> we will see you then. it is 50 degrees. back to the breaking news out of alexandria. >> dominion power is looking into what caused an outage that
in this conversation. one thing obama and the white house has said the they want to talk to our allies, talk to the u.n., get that engagement. that is something we have seen them talk about from the beginning. they want to act with allies and the rest of the world community behind them. part of what they're doing right now is talking with those leaders, talking with the u.n., seeing what that means. it sends a message to countries like north korea that we will be acting. to be the only guy facing a bunch of other guys, it makes it easier for them to make their point. host: seung min kim, we see a headline in "the wall street journal" looking at the delays in airports and the faa what is the latest. >> a new law has been passed to allow the faa to reconfigure their filing so you do not have all these delays at the airport. this is all part of the sequester. the across-the-board cuts were supposed to hit everyone pretty evenly, but people were getting angry, long lines, including members of congress, so when the delays started to get along bear, congress look at it. >> i was as different from other iss
. live to the white house for announcements from president obama. [applause] >> thank you. good morning, everybody. please have a seat. my top priority as president is to grow the economy, create good, middle-class jobs, make sure the next generation prospers. in a few minutes, i will be departing the white house that will promote that priority. one of our largest economic partners, then i will be visiting coastal rita where i will send a summit with central american leaders. in both in the dutch instances, i will work to deepen trade relationships across latin america. a relationship that creates jobs, growth here at home and growing markets where they can sell more american-made goods and services abroad. before i go, i have some business to do. i am proud to announce that i will be nominating to outstanding individuals to my cabinet, who will focus on these issues. ier the past four years, have tasked the secretary of commerce and the trade representative with opening new markets for goods and services, doubling our expert -- exports. over those four years, ron kirk, along with its o
to be with you. >>> taking you to a developing story now. live pictures at the rose garden at the white house. president obama is announcing the nomination of penny pritzger. let's listen in. >> we know he's going to be extraordinary leading that institution. but today i'm in a position to nominate two extraordinary individuals to continue the work of ron and becky as key members of my economic team. as i said in my state of the union address, when it comes to growing our economy and our middle class, we should focus on three things. number one, making sure america's a magnet for good jobs. number two, helping workers earn the skills they need to get those jobs, and number three, making sure their hard work actually leads to a decent living. both these individuals share that focus. first, i'm not naming penny pritzger to serve as my secretary of commerce. now, penny is one of our country's most distinguished business leaders. she's got more than 25 years of management experience in industries including real estate, finance, and hospitality. >> when he says hospitality, she's from the hyatt ho
. our chief white house correspondent has the report >> as president obama continue to talk up the economic resurgence in this hemisphere as the focus of his three day trips south of the border. >> trade and commerce create good jobs florida people. >> the labor department reports the unemployment rate dropped seven point* 5% the lowest level in four years that more people were finding jobs than leaving the work force and in the dish with april's gains the government revised the february and march numbers suffered by a total of 114,000 jobs. >> we are gaining jobs over 160,000 and unemployment has taken down. >> there were still major warning signs they are struggling in not a single new job in april while construction employment fell for the first time in one year. the commerce department said orders to factories fell in march by the largest amount in seven months and 11 point* 6 billion workers who wanted jobber still unable to find one. >> we have to get this economy going, and not raising tax rates to have more peopl working we could do would it not for the drag of the pres
, which we see coming up in the weeks. the worst week was president obama. when the white house press corps is questioning if you've got juice, really not a good week when you are president. the whole question of is he a lame duck president three months into his second term, that's problematic, not that he can't work his way out of. >> not what a president wants to be asked about. morris, your picks? >> susan, really? come on. come on. this is ridiculous. my worst -- let me start with my worst, my worst is those poor germans, the best economy in europe, now the best football clubs in europe. you know what to do with those poor germans. but my best week goes to the economy. again, adding jobs, steady pace, wall street skyrocketing. i don't understand why the republicans cannot praise this president for his stewardship of the economy. susan, i just can't understand t. >> can't start a fight. don't have a lot of time. patricia, i want to end with you. who are your best and worst of the week? >> my best week goes to gabriel gomez, republican nominee now in the senate race up there. he is
to be the next u.s. trade representative. froman is a former executive at citigroup. mr.obama made the announcements in the white house rose garden. >> i've had a chance to get to know penny and mike not just as leaders and professionals but also as friends. one of the reasons i'm proud to nominate them is they don't forget what matters. they know this is not about just growing balance sheets. it's about growing opportunity for people. it's about growing a sense of security for the middle class. and most of all they operate with integrity and they understand that public service is a privilege. >> holman: both nominees are predicted to have easy senate confirmations. one final cabinet nomination remains to lead the small business administration. there were reports out of syria today that 50 to 100 people, including women and children, were killed by government troops and gunmen. the british based syrian observatory for human rights said president assad's forces took over a village near the mediterranean coast. many reportedly were executed by gunfire or knives. people who fled said
48% since president obama took over the white house. we've gone from 32 million to 47 million. almost 48 million. and we're gaining about 80,000 every month signing up. net new claimants for food stamps 80,000 a month even though we're told the economy is recovering. what's going on? >>brian: you know what the president would say? the president would say i inherited a mess. government was tanking -- excuse me, the economy was tanking. people were losing jobs, so, therefore, i've got to prop them up. >> this is a flashpoint in the debate of takers versus makers, taxpayers paying no taxpayers. at a point where we've got a trillion-dollar a year deficit, spending money we don't have, surely we should be doing something about this expanding food stamp program. >>brian: something you're going to be talking about? >> yes. we're going to get another stock market rally because ben bernanke is printing up a storm. >>steve: three hours now over in fox business, this man is going to take the stage. >> tell you all about making money, baby. >>brian: coming up straight head. >>gretchen: general sh
obama's inner circle speaking out, about the role of religious faith inside the white house. >> joshua dubois led outreach to faith-based groups and was considered a pastor to the president. he recently left the white house and spoke to abc's devon dwyer. joining us now. good morning. >> good morning. a fascinating interview, dubois revealed details about president obama behind the scenes and how he tries to connect with god. joshua dubois was spiritual adviser to the leader of the free world, ordained member of the white house staff seen here in private oval office prayer sessions. now he has left president obama's inner circle bearing witness to what he saw. >> he is a deeply faithful president and need a whole bunch of help in cultivating the faith. >> reporter: mr. obama's practice of faith has been relatively private, attending church less often than predecessors. he gets daily e-mails of scripture to his blackberry. >> the president would bring pastors into the oval office to have conversation, moments of prayer, reach out for suggestions of scripture. >> did he have any favorite
with chris christie. and rodet c-span.org to the white house. president obama left the white house this afternoon after making a couple of cabinet appointments, and he headed to mexico for the first of three days of his latin american trip. he held a news conference with the mexican president. a number of topics were talked about including immigration and commerce as well. of three days. here is their news conference from earlier. it is about 50 minutes. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2012] >> his excellency, and barack obama. we will hear from the president of the united mexican states. good afternoon, everyone. first and foremost, i would like to extend the warmest welcome to barack obama and his team. we would like to welcome them with open arms. we hope you feel at home. we appreciate your will. relationship built of mutual respect and collaboration for the benefit of our people. before we cover the areas on behalf of the mexican people, i -- to repeat our unfortunately common and it took the lives of a
obama made news saying all the options the white house is currently energy syria, boots on the ground, u.s. troops, not one of those options, how surprised are you by that? >> not surprised given the administration's incredible caution. i applaud that we don't want another iraq. we have to act. the syrian opposition is begging for weaponry. assad is wing, broken the blockade of a few bases and the world sort of weight, more moderate members of the foreign army, general broke want al qaeda-aligned jihadist rebels. he says he has more secular forces and begging us for simple things, one way to start if we art rebels, millen anti-tank missiles, they can taken out syrian armor. the fear would be someday they might be used against israeli forces but not talking anti-aircraft missile this is not sophisticate bud could make a difference, i think. i was speaking with someone yesterday and they said this is specifically the kind of weapon we want. very effective against armor. >> what's it called again? >> the millen anti-tank missile. >> the millen anti-tank missile. >> they have small arms, but
room of the white house where in a few minutes we expect president obama to come to announce an initiative for military veterans and a private sector jobs initiatives for veterans and military spouses. vice president joe biden and dr. joe biden and the first lady will also be any attendance. pomona, calif., on the independent line. caller: think of taking my call. i think the president is doing a wonderful job. -- thank you for taking my call. listening to these ungrateful people and things he has to deal with, he has held this ship up when we are going down in the dumps. they say that he blames everything on them, but all of the things that have taken place and that are viewed as negative, a lot of them happened before obama came into office. going back to one of president obama's campaign rally cries, the people really need help, we need to get fired up, ready to go in 2014 because we are tired things. the woman quoting appears three times when these lives are at stake? preschool.t, losing you know, it's time for us to get the children now. president obama is not a divider.
is about what it was when obama walked in the door at the white house. not looking at progress here. the idea, if the government spends money everybody gets rich, we tried that. we didn't have recovery summer. >> let me let ken respond to that. >> we shouldn't be arguing about the past. but i think if you compare how the u.s. economy is doing vicea ve vis a vis the british recovery. we really got out of the deep recession and got us in a positive direction. right now, though, what we're looking at is, yes, there are good signs here, part-time workers, good sign, and businesses are trying to add capacity. but, you know, the sense that washington is broken and if -- you know, the problem is the president put forth a balanced plan to get our fiscal situation on better ground. train the workers to create good manufacturing jobs and republicans have not done anything on congress on it. a self-inflicted wound. like breaking your pencil right before you go take the big exam. it doesn't make any sense. >> let's go back to christine. what are we hearing? >> futures moving higher. and retail
news special report. president obama is about to hold a white house news conference. >> this is the first time since march 1st that the president has held a white house news conference. it's only the second white house news conference this year. bill plante is at the white house. bill, good morning. >> tkpwofrpg to you, nora. there's no particular reason for this news conference. the president thought it would be a good idea to answer some questions before his trip to folks colater this week. this is the 100th day of the be second term. there's been a lot of criticism that he hasn't gotten much accomplished. he may see this as a way to relaunch his efforts. we know he will be asked about syria, immigration, gun control which failed miserably. immigration is live only because he managed to stay out of it. and other topics certain to come up, the debt, the coming limits on spending which will be a big fight in congress this summer, and who gets blamed of course is always a major concern of the white house. the public either blames congress or the president. the preside
the president at our website, c-span.org. president obama just left the white house for a three-day trip to mexico and costa rica to highlight the immigration bill moving through congress. mr. obama is scheduled to arrive in mexico this afternoon for meetings with the mexican president. we will have a joint conference which we will try to bring later in our schedule. >> [inaudible conversations] >> we are expecting to hear from your couple of retired army colonel's on the pentagon budget. and while we wait we'll hear about the president's trip to mexico. >> good morning, welcome to the heritage foundation and to our auditorium. we, of course, welcome those who join us on our heritage.org website on all of these. welcome those are joining us today on c-span as well. we would ask in house if you check that cell phones have been turned off. it will be appreciated by all who are recording the events. we will of course post our program within 24 hours on the heritage home page for those who would like to return for future reference. hosting our discussion today is steven bucci. dr. bucci is d
cartels. >> nbc's peter alexander is live at the white house for us. this is president obama's first trip to mexico to meet the new president. what is the administration hoping to accomplish on this trip? >> reporter: that's a good point that you make. the first conversation the two are going to have face to face. among the issues that will be spoken about in the course of their conversations this evening of course with mexican president enrique pena nieto. security has potential of overshadowing other topics because since pena nieto came into power in december, he's pressed to end the mexican access granted to u.s. agencies fighting drug trafficking and organized crime which is a shift from his predecessor. the issue of trade is important. one the white house wants to focus. one of the advisers to the president telling us yesterday that they hope specifically to focus on enormous commercial relationship between the two countries. >> real quick, an announcement today? >> announcement of a longtime friend of the president dating back to the 1990s was national finance chair in 2008 and she
served as director of the white house domestic policy council during president obama's first term and joins me now. so someone might ask, we haven't had one for a year, we've had an acting secretary, roberta blank, think, why do we need a secretary of commerce, what does the secretary of commerce really do as the president fills out his cabinet. >> exactly, it's a pleasure to be here with you, as always. i think it's a very, very important job. what we've seen over the years, looking at even through past administrations, is that the secretary of commerce is often an ambassador between the administration and the business community and an important part of an economic team. becky blank did a vafantastic j as the interim secretary. she's got a lot of credibility. but having someone in there of penny's stature and someone who is a business person and someone who is taken seriously by the business community i think will be very, very important for the administration. >> one question that i've been looking at frankly is there are no assistant secretaries of state. ambassadors from all o
in hopes of gaining world sympathy. as we mentioned at the white house, president obama told reporters today that the possible use of chemical weapons in syria remains a so-called game changer. and the president did not rule out any action in response to this news. >> that would be an escalation in our view of the threat to the security of the international community, our allies, and the united states, and that means that there is some options we might not otherwise exercise that we would -- that we would strongly consider. >> and -- >> want to talk about syria and the potential u.s. response here as we go forward. fred pleitgen is standing by in damascus and barbara starr at the pentagon. barbara, i want to come to you in a minute. first, fred, tell me what you're seeing in the capital city today, and what are conditions like there? >> reporter: hi, brooke. i was at that bombing site about 20 minutes after that bombing happened. i can tell you it was a scene of absolute carnage there, there were still wounded being carried out. people are very angry. a lot of them we have been speakin
's ahead. dennis: and president obama insists sequester budget cuts are hurting the economy. we're live at the white house with the latest. first as we do every day at this time, let's take a look. we went out and asked people a simple question: how old is the oldest person you've known? we gave people a sticker and had them show us. we learned a lot of us have known someone who's lived well into their 90s. and that's a great thing. but even though we're living longer, o thing that hasn't changed: the official retirement age. ♪ the question is how do you make sure you have the money you need to enjoy all of these years. ♪ dennis: let's look at the key index there. we're 15 stocks in the dow up, 15 down. tech looking good. at&t, verizon, pfizer down. they've had a disappointing earnings. now 15 after. as we do every 15 minutes, let's go to stacks now and nicole at the new york stock exchange and a look at u.s. steel. >> there's a lot of stocks to take a look at, at this time. one is easy to take a look at, u.s. steel. down 1 1/2% today after their quarterly numbers. they had a first
. at a stop in costa rica on friday, president obama addressed the syrian conflict. major garrett is traveling with the president and joins us from san jose costa rica. major, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, anthony and nancy. white house advisors will not confirm the attack on syria. other top u.s. government officials have confirmed it. the white house knows that israel has attacked syria before back in january and its target then was a convoy of long range missiles. to the much bigger question of whether he would ever send u.s. forces to fight on the ground in the middle of the syrian civil war, president obama here yesterday came as close as he ever has to ruling that out. >> i do not foresee a scenario in which boots on the ground in . >> it's a scenario in which bother were on the ground. and, by the way, when i cull with the region the president leave office and stabilizing the situation in syria. they agree with that assessment. >> reporter: the president also said the u.s. is continuing to investigate charges that the syrian regime used weapo
] [ beeping ] red or blue? >> we're waiting to take you life to the white house. president obama getting set to start at 10:00 eastern. do we know what the president is likely to say? i don't know of any particular announcement he's going to open the press conference with, but he's preparing to go to mexico on a trip. he's ended the hundred days of his second term. the first hundred days although that doesn't mean very much in the success term and the president is simply kind of taking this moment to try to seize the initiative in washington having gotten past the flight delay issue last week, gotten congress to -- or congress decided itself to resolve that issue without resolving the rest of the sequester and i expect one thing he might do, simon is to press the case that there are many, many other effects of the sequester beyond flight delays that are of concern to poor americans and people benefitting from government services, headstart, meals on wheels and that sort of thing to get the republicans into negotiation to put the sequester aside and look for a budget deal. >> it is a news con
.c.c. >> again, we're in the east room of the white house this afternoon. we're waiting if president obama he is set to make two staff nominations, congressman mel watt to be the head of the finance agency, that agency oversees fannie mae and freddie mac. tom wheeler will replace the outgoing chair of the f.c.c. the announcement is set to happen here in just a moment ere on c-span. >> president obama set to appear here in the east room of the white house in just a moment making a couple of staff nominations. congressman mel watt districting the finance agency and replacing julius genachowski is the chair of the f.c.c. would be tom wheeler who is the former president of the national cable television. homeland security chair announced today that they have set a date for hearings to taking place, examining the boston bombings and implications for homeland security. that is scheduled for may 9. witnesses include the boston police commission davis and senator joe lieberman of connecticut. that is next thursday starting at 9:00 a.m. eastern. we will likely cover that. from the associated press toda
this update from c-span radio. >> before leaving for mexico today, president obama will appear in the white house rose garden to make two personnel announcements. announce a nominee for the commerce department and the next trade representative. live coverage that kennecott 3:00 pm eastern. 10:00he rose garden -- a.m. eastern. to theion being donated national trust for the national mall to jump-start fundraising for the party in the nation's capitol. it is the largest private gifts and that restoring visitors to the national park. it receives more visitors than the grand canyon and yellowstone combined. an update on david petraeus. the university of southern california announced the retired general is joining the faculty rotcach classes and mentor members. general petraeus has a doctorate from princeton university. greats usc is a university that prices -- prizes academic excellence. studentcam contest had introduced from many students. >> i thought he would be a good subject to follow. i followed his life. >> i had an introduction to lock course and i was learning there was a double standar
targeting weapons shipments that were headed to hezbollah in lebanon. so white house officials are not commenting this morning, but president obama has consistently said he believes that israel has a right to defend itself. and i can tell you that syria has been a pressing concern for this administration. of course, president obama traveling here in latin america, landed here in costa rica yesterday, and held a joint news conference in which he got a question about the conflict in syria, and he made his most definitive comment to date about possible american military intervention. take a listen to what he had to say. >> i do not foresee a scenario in which boots on the ground in syria, american boots on the ground in syria, would not only be good for america, but also would be good for syria. >> so the president all but ruling out the possibility of putting boots on the ground. according to most polls, americans are opposed to direct military intervention in syria. they are war weary in the wake of iraq and afghanistan. so other possible options under consideration, united stat
attaches live there. investigators have not filed any charges so far. >> president obama will go to mexico later this morning for a three day trip that also includes a stop in costa rica. the white house says the president will highlight immigration reform moving through congress and will try to strengthen economic relations between the u.s. and mexico. today marks the second anniversary of osama bin laden's death. >> the hawk-eye leader was killed in his compound by a u.s. special forces unit. the death of the man behind the 9/11 attacks caused a decade- long manhunt. it's a major milestone for one world trade center which replaces the twin towers. the last piece of spire will be put in place today, weather permitting. it was postponed because of strong wind. when the last piece is installed, it will be the highest in the western hemisphere. the 104-story skyscraper set to open next year. security checkpoint now open at includingwashington nine lanes and a secure what way at concourse c. the upgrades will continue throughout the summer. >> hockey fans are hockeyred tonight -- hockey fans
to speak to those americans evacuated from benghazi, but claim the white house won't release the names. the administration argues they have answered all relevant questions. president obama said tuesday he remains focused on finding out what happened. >> our job with respect to benghazi has been to fin out exactly what happened. to make sure that the u.s. embassy, not just in the middle east, but around the world are safe and secure. and to bring those who carried it out to justice. >> but eight months later, no suspects and no arrests. this week, the families of the fallen will see the names of their loved ones unveiled here at the u.s. state department. added to the list ambassador chris stevens, glen dougherty, ty woods, and sean smith. the union representing the foreign service says some members have questions about how these deaths could have been avoided. secretary kerry and vice president biden about honor the victims and other fallen service officers at a ceremony held here tomorrow. >> margaret brennan, thanks. >>> several wildfires burning in california. m
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